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Current Transits for December, 2015

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By Barry Kerr

The Sun moves into Sagittarius on November 22. Jupiter rules the sign of Sagittarius and reflects the part of us that seeks truth and meaning in our existence. That is because Jupiter is our inner spiritual child that remembers, down in our gut, that we are really spirit, a soul, not limited by this world of seeming limits. Jupiter seeks how to return to wholeness of spirit. Jupiter asks the big questions. Why? How?

In Scorpio, we are confronted with the intensity of self-reflection, our heart ripped open, exposing our ego for what it is, an illusion of our mind. In emotional chaos, we invoke spirit, searching for answers, and begin to sense our soul’s presence. Now, our Jupiter is thrilled to discover an entirely adventure, a whole new paradigm of truths to explore.

This is the energy of Sagittarius: adventure, travel, and exploration, both outwardly and inwardly. By exploring the larger patterns of human endeavors, the cosmic connections of concepts and ideas, and the intuitive downloads of inspired understandings, we expand our awareness of what lies outside the five bodily senses that feed our human mind. In Sag, we learn to rely less on our logical faculties and more on our soul intuition. This larger perspective is what is needed to increase the potential for the next part of the cycle, Capricorn, where we will apply this larger perspective to being manifestors.

Saturn is squaring Neptune – Now into 2017. This is an important, long-term transit affecting all of us, individually and collectively. Understanding it will give you insight into the international conflicts and politics over the next year and your personal response to them.

Saturn represents the part of us that agreed to come into the physical world as a human. When it acts in our lives, it is seeking to conform to the rules of time and space, the polarities of the physical world. This brings up issues of limits, rules, structure, discipline, definition, choices, commitments, consequences, responsibility, and accountability. Saturn provides a “reality check” on our lives. Ideals are fine, but this physical world forces us to ground those into its rules if we want to manifest them. That can feel dauntingly scary.

Neptune, on the other hand, is the part of us that actually does imagine a more ideal world. That’s because it is a part of us, beyond our ego/personality, that still connects us to the world of pure spirit. If unconscious, it can play out as fantasy and escapism or through addictions to pain numbing substances.  When conscious, Neptune awakens our ability to feel our soul and the existing divine perfection. Neptune is currently in Pisces, it’s home, prompting our inner mystics to wake up and amplify.

So now, as these inner parts of us dance a tango, they may sound very different, with conflicting aims, but there is an innate attraction that can lead to a fertile relationship, yet not without some periods of delusion, confusion and disillusionment.

When Saturn came into Sagittarius in Dec of 2014, it brought its “get real” focus on the themes of religion, spirituality and deep science, affecting our deeply held beliefs and meanings.  For more than two years, we are all being challenged to question whether our beliefs are authentic. Do they truly serve us? Can we let go of some and bring new structure to others?

This is profoundly connected to the Saturn-Neptune square, as life events expose the degree to which we are still in escapism and addictions to cover up our responsibility to take charge of what we are creating in this world.

Does the reality that Saturn imposes scare us into closing down our intuitive sense of what is possible? Or does our conscious, mystical experience of divine perfection boost our ability to stay present to what is and to apply our wisdom, skill and talent to creating the more beautiful world we know is possible?

This is a dynamic that will play out for our planet over the next year. If you watch the political and social scene, it’s pretty easy to see. How is it affecting you?

The Dalai Lama channeled this transit when he said about the recent ISIS attacks on Paris, “We cannot solve this problem only through prayers…I am a Buddhist and I believe in praying. But humans have created this problem, and now we are asking God to solve it. It is illogical. God would say, solve it yourself because you created it in the first place.”

Barry Kerr, a certified soul-based astrologer, has 35 years of experience with an international clientele, including many medical professionals and alternative healers. He and Kristine Gay, a licensed psychotherapist, are owners/practitioners at Inner Essence Center in Madison. Both have extensive training in soul-guided healing of mind, body, heart and spiritual systems. Barry offers astrology,  energy healing and transformational coaching by phone, Skype or in person in Madison, WI. Inquiries are welcome – free 15 minute consultation to explore if this is for you.  Visit for more information.

Interview with Psychic Mari Powers

Mari Powers, Master Tarot and Oracle card reader, helps you find guidance from the invisible universe. She has been offering tarot classes since 1980 and has been performing readings for over 30 years. In addition, she is an ordained minister for Circle Sanctuary. Pet readings are also a specialty. Mari is also a Reiki II Initiate and a master in guided meditation. Mari is usually at Mimosa Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays from 11:30 to 7:00 pm. and Saturdays from 11:30 to 6:30.

Your path to becoming a tarot reader has been a long, winding one. What are some of its highlights? Learning from others and learning while teaching. I was honored to have a reading done Z. Budhapest. All the readers I have learned from, taught me something unique. My students and clients teach me daily. Learning to channel better by not knowing, or at least not usually. The exact nature of the question, concern, focus or situation I generally ask not to know, so I get out of my own way and try to form as few personal opinions as possible. Later I ask for feedback and confirmation.

Over the years, have you noticed an increase in interest in the tarot? Yes, and in all rising up of positive spiritual growth, combined with creativity, in general.

You’re also an accomplished astrologer. It seems that people nowadays are looking for something more detailed and personal than a simple daily horoscopes that were so popular in the 60s and 70s. Are you finding this as well? In a limited way. Astrology is slowly educating people, yet it is very detailed and complicated. Most are not inclined to learn that level of detail, or at least they have tried and mastered other self-knowledge techniques. However, most all have learned the limited information in the daily Sun Sign Report.

These days many people have trouble finding ways to relax and focus. Do you have any advice? Ground, Center and Shield, then, at the risk of being “too New Age”, you can find joyful and safe ways to really let go and relax. There are many techniques and if you search for these words online, you will find a lot of good information. If it fits, make it a regular practice.

Here’s a tarot geek question for you: Recently, a customer made a very good point about the Osho Zen Tarot, saying that its creators have made so many modifications to the standard tarot that she considers it more of an oracle deck, rather than a tarot deck. Many other decks also take creative liberties with the tarot to make it fit their theme. What is it that makes a tarot deck a tarot deck? Several things; the basics are 78 cards within a few, court cards, the four suits in our modern playing deck, numerology, a fifth suite of Trumps, (or Major Arcana). Numbered 0 to 21, and finally, the Trump suit relationship to the Tree of Life as preserved in Hebrew Cabbala. I agree that Osho Zen is more of an Oracle Deck.

What are some of your favorite tarot and oracle decks? Are there any newer ones that stand out? So many, and yet I only keep decks that I use. The Tarot I have at Mimosa are all friends of mine, yet picking three at present, I would say, “Shadowscape”, “Sirius Starseed” and the Merryday Tarot (out of print, available online). Bear in mind, it is what the client wants that day, and I change favorites some days, too. My favorite Oracle decks are: “The Faery Oracle and The Heart of the Faery Oracle” by Brian Froud, “The Goddess Oracle” and “Madame Eudora’s Fortune Cards.”

You’ve had a lot of experience helping people access their past lives. Why is this a valuable question for people to pursue? Most of the world believes in reincarnation. Past lives inform this one. We bring gifts and challenges. Becoming aware past lives, we can inform our futures in the present life; the one that counts now.

What exactly is “soul retrieval”? How do you accomplish something like that? This is a difficult question. It is a ceremony that I rarely do. I advise people to read Sandra Ingermann’s, “Soul Retrieval,” before considering doing one. I had my first one with one of her direct students. I have had other teachers and guides. I do it in a person’s home, with others in supportive roles. If a person has read the book, and is interested, they can contact me directly.

When you practice channeling, do you find certain deities come through more easily, while it’s more difficult to communicate with others? Yes. And it varies per person, as well.

Have you had any interesting or funny experiences working at parties? Oh yes. Divination by cards dropping out a deck or onto the floor. Finding the card that was on top of the chosen deck as one of four or five cards in a layout, out of a deck of 78, or three or four Trumps in a five card spread. Also, a few people host periodic parties and it is always magical to see how previous and current readings are linked.

It’s All Quartz

by Cathy Douglas

If you were to describe the minerals we sell at the store by chemistry alone, probably half of them would be made of the same thing: silicon dioxide (SiO2). In its purest form, silicon dioxide is clear quartz, also called rock crystal. But when this mineral contains trace elements of other minerals, or when the Earth’s inner forces have changed its form, we see a huge variety in appearance: everything from blue chalcedony to red jasper, and from amethyst to black onyx. The relationship between these forms can be very confusing. While these crystals’ properties are based on many factors besides composition, it can be interesting to know how they’re all related.

Quartz: When quartz is completely pure, it is either clear, white, or a combination of both. White, or “milky” quartz, is simply clear quartz that contains tiny gas bubbles. The more colorful varieties of quartz come from small particles of metallic elements that became trapped in the quartz as it hardened. Some are natural, some artificial:

  • Smoky quartz contains traces of lithium and aluminum.
  • Natural citrine also contains traces of lithium and aluminum, but in a different proportion. Less commonly it may come from amethyst naturally heated within the Earth.
  • Amethyst contains traces of iron.
  • Artificial citrine is usually made by heat treating amethyst, although it may also come from heating a relatively clear piece of smoky quartz.
  • Rose quartz contains titanium, often as tiny bits of rutile (which is simply a needle-shaped formation of titanium dioxide).
  • Oro verde quartz is a greenish-gold quartz formed through irradiation. Often when you see very dark “smoky quartz,” it’s also an irradiated stone.
  • Aventurine is a kind of sparkly quartz formed by inclusions of mica. Most common is green aventurine, which contains fuchsite mica. Aventurines with a more reddish hue contain bits of hematite.
  • Lithium quartz contains (obviously) lithium, often as inclusions of fuchsite mica.
  • Blue tiger’s eye contains crocidolite (blue asbestos) fibers. When the iron in these fibers oxidizes, the stone bearing it becomes red or golden tiger’s eye.

Chalcedony: Color variation is only the beginning. Changes within the earth give us many more beautiful crystals, with an even greater variety of appearances. Pure quartz is clear because its crystal structure all lines up in the same direction as it forms. But of course this process is often disturbed, and the little crystals take random directions as they form. You’d only even be able to see them as “crystals” by looking through a microscope. (In crystal-nerd-speak, we say it’s “cryptocrystalline.”) This is chalcedony (pronounced cal-SED-a-nee), which has variations of its own:

  • Pure chalcedony is white to gray to bluish in appearance.
  • Chrysoprase is chalcedony that is green because of the presence of nickel.
  • Carnelian is chalcedony which iron oxide gives an orange to red color.
  • Bloodstone is a dark chalcedony containing iron silicates, plus splotches of red jasper.
  • Black onyx is actually a very dark form of chalcedony. Sometimes it is made artificially by boiling chalcedony and treating it with acid.

Jasper: Jasper is chalcedony that has gone through even more changes within the Earth; the little mini-crystals have been roughed up and combined with other minerals. There are more varieties of jasper than any of us can count, but here are a few:

  • Red jasper is chalcedony containing hematite.
  • Yellow jasper combines chalcedony with clay.
  • Bumblebee jasper contains yellow stripes of sulfur.
  • There are many, many other jaspers of mottled appearance, with fanciful names such as Picasso jasper and dalmatian jasper. They’re formed when bits and pieces of various minerals get fused into the forming jasper.

Agate and Onyx: Banded chalcedonies go by two different names: When the layering is more or less parallel, the resulting stone is called onyx; when the banding is more circular or irregular, it’s called agate.

  • Dendritic (branching) agates, such as moss agate, contain little branch-like threads of manganese oxide, iron oxide, slivers of other minerals, or sometimes just plain dirt.
  • Orbicular jaspers, such as ocean jasper, are actually agates containing multicolored orbs which may include rhyolite, biotite, feldspar, and many other minerals.
  • Onyx comes in flat black and white layers, so that a cross-section will appear to be striped.
  • Sard is like carnelian, except that the color tends more toward brown. Its banded form is called sardonyx.
  • You’ll often find brightly colored stones labeled as “onyx” or “agate” which are actually dyed.

Opal: Another thing that can happen as geology churns microcrystals is that they can get mixed up with water. If the crystal forms in an enclosed space where the water can’t evaporate, the crystal-plus-water gel hardens to form opal. This stone may contain other impurities as well, which is why opal comes in a rainbow of colors.

It’s hard to believe all this variety basically just comes from quartz! But since the majority of the Earth’s crust is made up of silicon-based minerals, maybe it’s not too surprising.

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